According to Drew McWeeny at HitFix, along with sources he has accessed, Bradley Cooper is looking likely to win the role as the Green Lantern in the Martin Campbell-directed adaptation of the comics.
Cooper, whose The Hangover is about to come out, has not yet been cast but, McWeeny says, the “process is far enough along that this is more than just a meeting or some spot on a wish list”.
Cooper is probably most famous at this point for playing the play-away husband of Jennifer Connelly in the self-help semi-comedy curio He’s Just Not That Into You which made a pretty startling amount of money earlier this year. He also had a long-running role as Will Tippin in Alias and starred in the okay restaurant comedy series Kitchen Confidential, adapted from the Anthony Bordain book.
The Hangover, in which he stars alongside The Office’s Ed Helms and genius comedian Zach Galifanakis, is likely to overtake He Just Not… in people’s minds however so his casting may make a bit more sense in a couple of weeks time.
Overall, it seems a pretty decent choice. We commented on this a couple of months back and cited a few possibles for the role of Green Lantern, none of which were Cooper, but this doesn’t seem like a bad choice. He’s okay in He’s Just Not… and has both the physique and charm for a superhero character. Watch this space for more info on how this one will break down.